1. (x) distorto (crazy fingers) jam - ends with drum roll (0:38)
2. (x) distorto (crazy fingers) jam (8:06)
3. (x) bouncey jam (11:36)
4. (x) Weir chording "bouncey jam" while band talks about
how to play "...you're playing fours in there, it sounds
like, Bobby..." [about 1:39]
(fade in) studio talk > stronger than dirt jam [about 2:03] > (4:08)
5. talk about chording while keyboard noodling >
drum noodling and talk [about 1:09] >
stronger than dirt jam > studio talking [about 10:46] (11:18)
6. (fade in) "girl from ipanema jam > "...ah ha-ah..." [about 1:59]
spacey noodling jam (x) [about 0:41]
(x) more spacey noodling jam (fade out) [about 1:44] (4:19)
7. (fade in) "tleother-ish" jam > slow "nfaway-ish" jam > [about 1:11]
"oh, yeah, i almost had it there..." >
"tleother-ish" jam > slow "nfaway-ish" jam >
noodling > studio talk & g t;
"...can you play that back for us, please?" [about 14:24] (15:30)
Disc 2 of 2 ( 77:12 )
1. (fade in) "shakedown streetish" funky jam [about 10:14] >
"hey, dan, turn the snare drum up in my ears, please." >
noodling and short jam [about 2:01] > (12:13)
2. tom-tom drum rolls > talk about mics > noodling >
"...there's something ringing out here, ned..." >
"don't worry about it" [about 1:33] >
show tune one jam > drum kit rolls and noodling [about 2:11] >
fast show tune two jam [about 5:31] >
jgarcia plays slow show tune >
"...hey, record every precious moment of this." >
jgarcia jam and drum rolls [about 2:05] > (10:56)
3. "...you know what they are? they're slow triplet
killer groove jam [about 3:36] >
studio talk [about 1:57] >
"jungle music" jam > "...i'm playing threes and you should play a four-four line against that..." [about 2:43] > (8:21)
4. studio talk and noodling > "...and, healy, the name of
that tune is pock-a-way..." [about 1:25] >
"slipknot" noodling [about 1:17] >
"the music never stopped" jam [about 11:59] (14:14)
5. (x) five or more "the music never stopped" theme jams > (10:14)
6. "the music never stopped" jam > ""...oh, gawd..." >
several yelps (x) (21:11)
incredible jams! outstanding sound quality!!
new to general circulation (Aug 1 2008)
what more could you want?
once again, I can't give enough thanks to the cast of characters responsible for bringing us this joy: Will Boswell, Taper Pat, Matt Smith, and Ihor W Slabicky (sorry if I left anyone out, this really seems to be a community contribution). Still, special thanks to my direct connection: Taper Pat and Matt Smith.
I'm not only forever grateful for this wonderful music you keep sending my way to share with others, but I'm also forever grateful for your friendship, guidance, and kindness. I feel truly blessed to know you and have you in my life.
* track notes by Ihor W Slabicky (thanks Ihor!!!)
please forgive the tracking and timing issues. studio sessions could be tracked any number of ways and I did the best I could to adapt Ihor's wonderful notes for a differently tracked version
** as Taper Pat observes:
"The source for this set of music is from a stash of reels and cassettes of unknown lineage made for JG by Kidd Candelario for listening purposes in the early and mid '70's (how did we play, what did we play, etc..). Kidd did not use archival material in the transfers (equipment, methodology or media) so the sound quality of the stash is variable. However, as time passes and analog sources decay or are MIA, some of the stash is proving to be great interest to the GD community. The stash is most likely copies of the master source, but in some cases (O&ITW 6/6/73 Passaic), most likely is the master."
Matt wanted me to seed this one first for a few grate reasons.
I'd like to share some of the excitement surrounding this seed:
As Ihor W Slabicky puts it:
"I have always loved these, from the first time i ever heard them. What makes this round so nice is that they sound SO good. Matt did a great job of transferring these into the digital realm - truly amazing how great they sound!!!"
Matt has had a few choice words about this session too:
"2 cd's worth of more pure jamming!! No vocals but just jammed out versions of 'Blues' stuff and a fantastic 'Lazy Lightnin' jam!! This is one of my favorite things i've done as I love jams more then anything else"
"Wait until you get this 2-28-75. That and the Garcia/Saunders are very similar. Just great long jams of stuff we all know and love!! Jammed out versions of Crazy Fingers(Distorto!!!), MLBJ(up tempo sort of!!), king solomons marbles, lazy lightning(after this, Phil yells, "J's man!!!), a blues jam i've never heard until this!! And the genesis of music never stopped in which they work on it for about 45 min. This is undoubtedly one of the first sessions as i've had David Lemieux confirm this."
"I just want the 2-28-75 out first just because serious collectors like us LOVE this kind of shit!! In fact IMHO, it's the best i've ever heard them play in a studio. The jams are very focused but long and loose. Music just OOZED from Garcia. No doubt!!"
LineageMR (Vault Reel) > R (Jerry Garcia's copy given to him by Kidd Candelario) ** > R (Will Boswell) > CD --- R dubbed at 3 3/4 ips using an Akai GX625 --- mastered to CD by Matt Smith --- R > Apogee Mini Me (24/96) > Apogee Mini DAC (monitoring) > Wavelab 5.0 (dithered to 20/4 4) > CD > EAC > WAV (shntool confirms no sbes) > FLAC
February 5, 2018 Subject:
There is some absolutely majestic music to behold here. It's amazing how, after so many years, you think you've exhausted what could be heard by the boys at their very best, and then comes these so-called "Distorto" and "Bouncey" jams, which, indeed, make the case for some of the most exciting recorded studio Dead jams ever.
The other winners - check BOTH (and I do mean BOTH) of those Solomon's Marbles jazzers, and tracks #7 and #8 - real funky, jazzy stuff ( where do those titles come from, anyways? The jams really aren't anywhere near those names).
The rest is more or less skippable, save the sheer W-O-W factor of a tireless band exploring one of its newest creations - that final MNS jam. At 21-something minutes, there's nothing bigger for this one. A sheer endurance ride and an interesting insight to a band working through a tune in a sort of mobious strip-loop, no ending in sight.
Seriously, that "Bouncey Jam" or whatever is Sunday-morning drive-with-the-top-down stuff. Amazing, lovely, give me every superlative that's out there.
March 1, 2017 Subject:
Norcal Be Knowin'
Norcal's Review In 2008 Is Right On.Track 10 Titled Jungle Music Jam ? (Not Exctly Sure What Jungle Music Refers To People,But Anyway) The Initial Jam Is The Meters "Just Kissed My Baby". Then The Band Can Be Heard Talking About The Mrters And Some Of Their Albums And Particular Tracks. Whicl Lead To A Hey Pocky Way Type Jam.Tis Fate I Would Stop To Listen To This On Fat Tuesday 2017,Forty-Two Years To The Day. Everbody Bon Ton Roulet And Remember The Meters. ART MATTERS !!! And George,Leo And Zig Too. Forever Grateful.
Reviewer:In A Silent Way
September 18, 2014 Subject:
Some greatness amid the tedium
Hearing the boys work through Tico Tico, and Jerry playing a bit of Nature Boy in track 9 is pure gold. Some of the odd-metered stuff is fascinating. The "Bouncy jam" is boring at first, but when the flying machine gets off the ground, it's good ol' Grateful Dead at their hypnotic best.
February 28, 2013 Subject:
Oh, you're kidding!
Awesome stuff like this, and NO TRACK LABELS? Sad.
April 4, 2012 Subject:
King Solomon's Marbles
Those are King Solomon's 'jams' not Stronger than Dirt, but it don't matter, just sayin stuff. By the time I got to TLEO jam, I noticed a clear Miles Davis 'On the Corner' album type vibe. Keith's Rhodes piano playing, and the time signature feels they were playing around with highlight that. Keith shoulda vibed that way more IMO, rather, he sounds sleepy on the piano for most of his career with the band. Anyhow, this is great stuff, musically, and historically. Thanks for the upload.
January 12, 2012 Subject:
Tico Tico ... is the hidden gem here
Check out Track 9: Jerry is noodling with Tico Tico and once he has it down, Jerry, Bob, Keith and Billy play it very nicely from 6:15 to 9:00.
February 28, 2011 Subject:
This is fun
Worth the listen
Reviewer:light into ashes
October 31, 2009 Subject:
The first rehearsal we have from '75 is the most enjoyable to listen to - this tape surfaced only last year, but quickly became a favorite from '75. A few tunes are already well worked-out, but this session shows the band bringing in a number of fascinating jams that would soon be dropped. The Distorto is the same one that was a bonus track on the Blues for Allah disc - but it is super cool, such a different heavy-metallish approach to the Crazy Fingers theme. (It's hard to imagine Garcia singing over this track!) And track 3, the 'bouncey jam', is a caribbean-type thing that is one of the best jams the Dead ever played, in any year....I would encourage everybody to listen to at least these two tracks! Then they go into Stronger Than Dirt for a while, and other nameless jams (the titles aren't really accurate) - track 8, for instance, is a development of the funk jam they'd played sometimes in '74, like on 6/18/74. Disc two is slow going for a while, but picks up again with a fantastic Music Never Stopped jam. This song seems to catch their fancy, so they keep playing Music Never Stopped for 45 minutes....most of the session is just jamming, but this part sounds like they've started serious rehearsal.
June 18, 2009 Subject:
Music Never Stopped
The birth of a song! The first Dead CD I ever bought was One from the Vault, and I never looked back. For that reason these songs hold a special place in my heart. To hear such familiar tunes in such a new way is really special. The distorto is very cool and worth several listens.
MNS, however, takes the cake on this reel I think, as each round it gets tighter and riffs and licks we're to hear for years to come rise to the surface. You can tell the band all believes they're on to something really cool with the chord progression and song structure. Exciting stuff.
Nice job getting this seed on board. I'm reminded of old feelings and experiencing new ones as well, powerful.
August 8, 2008 Subject:
The Meters Are All Over These Tracks...
It's obvious that the Meters album "Rejuvenation" was being played by the boys around this time. It came out in 1974 and featured the tracks "Just Kissed My Baby" and "Hey Pockey Way," both of which are riffed on in these outtakes. Funny to note as well that Jerry jammed at Club Front and did a few gigs with another New Orleans legend, James Booker, in 1976. Check out the Meters and Booker if you haven't already. New Orleans funk is the dead-on funk!
August 5, 2008 Subject:
If only they'd taken more time off from time to time! What a treat to hear them working out these now all too familiar jams. I heard Garcia comment in an interview recently, that their rehearsal time was rather perfunctory. This seems to dispel that notion. They were an extremely well rehearsed act. After sessions like this one, they were capable of reaching the tremendous heights we all experienced. The Music Never Stopped Jams tell it all. But there are so many great other moments too...
August 2, 2008 Subject:
I havent heard this in a while. This stuff was played KBOO awhile back i cant remember how long it was.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Source: flac16/48kHz ; Ampex MM-1000 16 Track Master Reels Two Inch Wide Tape @ 15 ips; Multi Track Mix-down To a Sony PCM 1630 By Dan Healy @ 44.1KHz); Set #1 DAT x ONE by Dick Latvala-DAT x TWO; Set #2 DAT x ? by Rob Bertrando-DAT x; Editing(Adobe Audition CC)-FLAC encoding(dBpoweramp)-Tagging(Tag & Re-name)-Sample Rate Conversion(r8brain); This is a 100% Flat transfer from the DAT no signal processing what-so-ever. Some pitch correction implemented Jim Wise